Ask Belle: Rules About White
Oct 18, 2012
I wore a white dress to a party this weekend and my boyfriend’s dad spent the whole night making jokes about wearing white after Labor Day. I grew up in California, where you wear white 365 days per year, can you give me some insight into what the rules are in DC?
When it comes to wearing white shoes after Labor Day, in my opinion, that’s a big no-no. White shoes are for summer only unless you’re a bride.
If you choose to wear a white dress, a white blazer or other white piece, it needs to be made of a seasonally appropriate fabric and a seasonally appropriate style. You can’t wear a sheer cotton voile dress, for example, but a white wool tuxedo blazer or a white tweed dress works.
Sometimes bending the fashion “rules” can be fun and chic, but white shoes and summer styles are not to be worn after Labor Day.